RSC ANALYSIS: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
In response to the 12 November downing of a Nagorno-Karabakh army helicopter by an Azerbaijani frontline unit, the RSC released its latest “Nagorno-Karabakh Situational Assessment” on 17 Novemb... Read News
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS PUBLISHES RSC ANALYSIS
In a new publication released on 29 July by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Armenia-EU relations. The ECFR publicat... Read News
EARLY WARNING ALERT: RSC RELEASES NAGORNO KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
As part of its series of early warning alerts, the RSC released a brief “situational assessment” on March 13, 2014 offering concise analysis of reports of unusual troop movements in Azerbaijan, tr... Read News
NEW RSC PUBLICATION: “STRATEGIC SETBACK: ARMENIA AND THE CUSTOMS UNION”
Summary In a surprise development, on September 3, 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian announced a dramatic “U-turn” in Armenian policy. While in Moscow, after being summoned to a ... Read News
NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REPORT ON TURKEY-ARMENIA
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs recently released a report from a joint meeting on September 18, 2013 focusing on “Turkey-Armenia Relations.” The meetin... Read News
RSC HOLDS EVENT WITH GEORGIAN PARTNER ON EURASIAN UNION05 December 2014
RSC STAFF ASSESSES ASSAULTS ON CIVIL SOCIETY ON TV TALK SHOW28 November 2014
EUROPEAN THINK TANK PUBLISHES RSC KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT28 November 2014
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Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, two former officials and lead negotiators from Armenia and Azerbaijan, David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the former Ambassador of the President of the Republic of Armenia on Special Missions (1992-95), and Eldar Namazov, former Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the head of Presidential Secretariat (1993-99), led a group of eight representatives of civil society and experts and issued a Declaration on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict on 3 November 2014.
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On 31 October, RSC Director Richard Giragosian was a guest on Armenia TV’s “Point of Intersection” (“Հատման կետ”) talk show, hosted by noted journalist and former BBC Armenian Service Director Mark Grigorian. The show featured two other analysts and one member of the Armenian parliament and assessed the recent Paris meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents and reviewed the status of the Karabakh peace process. With consecutive translation, Giragosian’s original English-language statements are also available.
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in roundtable discussion on 30 October entitled, “Repercussions of the Ukraine Crisis in the South Caucasus: Politics and Security.” Organized by the Caucasus Institute (CI) and moderated by CI Director Alexander Iskandaryan, the roundtable featured presentations by Giragosian, which assessed the political and economic challenges facing Ukraine, and a presentation by CI Deputy Director Sergey Minasyan on “the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on regional security in the Caucasus and potential repercussions in the entire post-Soviet space.”
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In the latest in a series of regular contributions to the Investor.ge publications, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered a new analytical article entitled, “The South Caucasus: Regional Division and Divergence.” Published in the October-November 2014 issue of Investor.ge, the article noted that “for the three countries of the South Caucasus, the priority has always been to overcome the limits of geography. And for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the preference has been to look beyond the regional confines of the South Caucasus. But never before has the region been as divided as it is now, as the South Caucasus has become a strategic arena of competition and confrontation with Russia seeking to push back and push out European Union (EU) engagement.”
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In an article for the Anadolu News Agency, journalist Handan Kazanci cited the RSC in a report from Armenia that examined the role of Azerbaijan in “stalling normalization between Yerevan and Ankara.” Kazanci was a participant in the “Media Bus” project, along with ten fellow journalists and bloggers from Turkey and ten Armenian colleagues. RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited in the article, based on comments during the group’s visit to the RSC offices in Yerevan, where they met with RSC staff.